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News You Should Know: Words Matter

By Michael Farris, Jr. posted on:
October 25, 2019

This week, we look at a situation out of Virginia, where a high school French teacher was fired because he declined to use male pronouns to refer to a female student. He explains why he decided to file a lawsuit against the school board. Plus, a federal judge stands up for religious liberty, a school district is exposed for gender ideology propaganda and misinformation, and the March for Life announces its theme for 2020. All of this from the Alliance Alert team.


ADF in the News

The Washington Times: 'I was fired for not using transgender pronouns'

Calls to respect personal beliefs frequently fall on deaf ears when they come into conflict with gender identity. Former high school French teacher Peter Vlaming can tell you that much from personal experience. Writing at The Washington Times, Vlaming says he has always created a welcoming and respectful environment for his students. When a female student began identifying as a male, Vlaming went out of his way to respect the student’s wishes. Vlaming used the student’s new preferred name, while seeking to avoid pronoun use altogether because of his conflict of conscience. This, however, did not sit well with the administrators of West Point High School. They demanded that Vlaming apply male pronouns to refer to the female student—even when the student wasn’t present. Vlaming was eventually fired from the job he loved, leading to a lawsuit filed on his behalf by Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys.


Religious Freedom

Bloomberg Law: Obamacare Transgender Bias Rule Violates Religious Freedom Law

An Obamacare mandate that would force Christian healthcare professionals to perform gender reassignment surgeries was recently held to be unlawful by a federal district court judge in Texas. Judge Reed C. O’Connor of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas ruled that the so-called "transgender mandate" violates both the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). This ruling comes as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)—which was sued by Christian healthcare providers and five states in 2016—is seeking a more permanent solution to the problem created by the prior administration.


Marriage and the Family

The Federalist: 6 Crazy School District Responses To Parents Mad About LGBT Indoctrination Of Preschoolers

As more states and public schools start to implement LGBT "education" into school curriculum, Joy Pullman of The Federalist looks at one school district's attempts to keep parents in the dark as to what their children are learning. While the Evanston/Skokie school district outside of Chicago, IL is a fairly liberal area, many parents have expressed concern about what their children are learning when it comes to LGBT curriculum. Pullman shows that school officials tried to justify gender identity ideology as "age appropriate," told parents that LGBT education doesn't qualify as "sex ed," and, in some circumstances, school board officials discussed not telling parents when certain subjects are taught at the school in order to prevent parents from keeping their children at home. Pullman asks: Should taxpayers be funding this, and can parents trust anything these school officials do?


Sanctity of Life

The Daily Caller: March For Life Releases 2020 Theme, Focuses On Women’s Empowerment

In anticipation of the 2020 March for Life, the pro-life organization’s president Jeanne Mancini announced that the theme for the march will be "Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman." Mancini says the theme for this stems from the anniversary of the 19th amendment, which she says "many" people misunderstand, including recent attempts by politicians to radicalize abortion in the United States. A video announcing the theme for the March for Life notes that many women's rights supporters called abortion an "exploitation of women."


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Michael Farris, Jr.

Michael Farris, Jr.

Legal Content Manager

Michael Farris, Jr., serves as Legal Content Manager for Alliance Defending Freedom and is a Virginia-born Idaho convert.


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